I went to start the car and the ignition won't turn. I tried 3 different keys and none will turn the ignition so I know it's not the key. I can't move the shifter and the steering wheel is not locked in position as I thought it would be. any ideas?
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The remote and key are two different things. When turning the key, you are searching for a good contact in the ignition switch. Cold weather just makes it worse to get a contact. Replace the ignition switch. The remote start. If it is after market. Take it out. Repair the wires. Soon it will die and won't let you start your vehicle. Then you will pay someone like me, that works at a shop, to tear it out and charge you $200 to do it. I just did one. A two minute fix, because I know. and a $200 bill. I got paid $1.5 to do it.
I just went through this two days ago. You probably need a new ignition. What happens is these cars lose connection for some reason to the chip in the key and it can't be fixed with just programming. It has to be a whole new ignition. Mercedes are so much different then to any American car. Good luck and it costed around 950 to fix in Wa state.
several things, does key go in and out easily, turn steering wheel in both directions while turning key. sometimes the steering wheel lock binds the lock cylinder and turning wheel releases the pressure and it will turn. other than that the ignition cylinder is jammed, wet key lightly with lubricant such as wd-40 and a light bit in key hole and try key again, If key is heavily worn out , try a different ignition key as it might not be disengaging all the tumblers in lock, if all this fails you need a new cylinder.
If the security light is blinking, then the security system is DEFINATELY the reason why your car won't start. The actual cause of the problem is MOST LIKELY a defective ignition switch that is not sending the information from your key to the computer.
FIRST try a different key if you have more than one for the vehicle. I have had cars towed into my shop simply because someone was trying to use a cheap duplicate key that was cut at the hardware store. These keys are fine for the doors and trunk. They are great to have around in case you lock your keys in your car. However, they do not have the electronics built into them to allow for engine starting.
If you are using the correct key and a second key also does not work. then...
1. set your parking brake (this will disable your daytime running lamps and conserve battery power.)
2. Connect a battery charger to the vehicle battery if you have one, or see if someone can connect to your battery with jumper cables.
3. Turn the ignition to the START position for about one second. Then release the key to the RUN position. DO NOT turn the ignition OFF.
4. Wait about 10 minutes until the security light quits flashing. Turn the key (without turning it off) to the START position again. The engine should start. If it does not, then you will have to get your car towed in for service.
HINT: you may want to try this a couple times to make sure you are doing it correctly before towing.
If it does start, it is recommended that you have your security system checked for fault codes. I have seen this many times, and it only gets worse and does it more often until this method no longer works to get it started.
ur still in a security lock out with ignition[ key ] system u might have to have it towed to dealer for them to hook up vehicle[contact dealer and advise what is happening and also recheck new key] for reprograming or reset system..some vehicles if u try to start vehicle while in a security mode can get completely locked out of vehicle and if u replaced the whole ignition housing and not just the cylinder the housing is the reader the wiring that is around the housing cylinder tube is what reads the key and syncs with the vehicle if u put in a different one or the wiring is damaged vehicle wont start and will stay in security mode
Are you saying the key won't turn in the ignition or the engine will not turn over?
If you are talking about the ignition, the first thing I would check is to make sure I had the right key. And then I would look for my less used keys and see if that made a difference. If none of the keys make a difference, then it is your ignition switch.
If the key turns in the ignition, but the engine does not turn over, then I would check the battery first and then the starter solenoid.
I would highly suspect the ignition switch failure. It has 3 separate ignition circuits, and quite often when it fails the car will start, but a lot of the accessories won`t work. It usually has no power on the ignition 3 circuit. The switch is located directly behind where the ignition key is inserted. I is actually part of the key housing, just the cylinder needs to be transferred over.